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Buker Bulletin, December 2, 2022

Upcoming Dates

  • Dec 7 - Friends of Buker meeting @ 7pm in the Buker cafeteria 
  • Dec 8 - Friends of Buker Cookie Swap. Sign up here.
  • Dec 13, 3:00pm - Friends of Buker Holiday Craft Activity
  • Dec 19 - Writer in Residence, Jarrett Lerner 
  • Dec 23 - Early release at 11:15

From the Principal

Hi Buker Families,

One of our district goals is centered around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. This topic tends to come up in December as we consider the holidays we have this time of year. This means continuing to look at our practice for ways to add balance and look for bias that might sneak in. I know that we all come to Buker with an open heart, and we want to make sure we are not unconsciously doing something that impacts someone else's feeling of belonging. 

Pre-COVID we had a large December Holiday Concert. While I look forward to bringing this back, we are not able to have it this year. Putting on that kind of event takes a lot of time and energy to plan. With Mrs. Kreyling coming on in October, and her only seeing students 40 minutes per week, there wasn't time for her to get to know students, establish routines, and plan for a large community concert. 

Finally, two quick notes from Food Services.

  1. Starting Monday, the bagel will no longer be an option for lunch. The Sunbutter and jelly sandwich, and the deli sandwich will still be available every day. Students with dairy or egg allergies will still be able to order the bagel.
  2. From the start of school through the end of November we served 9767 lunches in our Cafeteria! That's a lot of food. And this is up from 8110 during the same time last year.

Have a great weekend. 

-Ben


Other News

As I noted in yesterday's email, we are going to hold off on holiday (Santa) hats until the last week before vacation, December 19.


Beverly Bootstraps Winter Wishes 
On behalf of the Friends of Buker, thank you to everyone who bought a gift, donated a gift card or Venmo’ed FOB for our sponsored family of 5 through Beverly Bootstraps Winter Wishes. We were able to go above and beyond their wishlist while also providing warm winter essentials and gift cards to local stores for groceries and other household items. We are so appreciative and so proud of our community’s generosity!

Gifts purchased by Buker families to support Beverly Bootstraps

The Food Services Department is looking to be more ecofriendly and has partnered with PATH Water! The cafeteria will be selling these reusable water bottles (SpongeBob and Patrick) for $5. There is even space to put a name on the bottle. To purchase— checks can be made out to HWRSD, cash or your child can use their lunch code.

Wendy Ng, our Nutrition Services Director has partnered with PATH Water to co brand a HW design bottle as well. Wendy has included a QR code on the HW bottles that bring individuals straight to the school lunch menus. These will be available in January 2023.

Spongebob and Patrick reusable water bottles.

 


We continue to have a few open positions:

  • Noon Monitor: 11:20-1:35 daily (a little earlier on Wednesdays) to help with one recess and three lunch seatings. You wouldn't be alone, we have other staff there too.
  • Substitute Teachers: We are always looking for more subs. Even if you are only available one or two days a week, having additional substitute options always helps. 

If you have any questions about the positions, contact Ben. More information is on the district's Human Resources webpage

 

5th Grade Ancient Civilizations Project

Buker students in fifth grade learned about ancient civilizations such as the Maya, Aztec, and Inca. Students compared and contrasted an aspect of their civilization (farming, social classes, and architecture) in writing and then created a project to show what they learned. 

Congratulations to the Members of the HW Concert Band!

On Saturday, Nov. 19th members of the HW Concert Band traveled to N. Andover to audition for Senior Districts. Maya Beach, Ephram Adler, and Aeneas Strozier were selected to participate in districts. In addition to this accomplishment, both Ephram and Aeneas have been asked to audition for All-states in a few weeks. We have some remarkable talented musicians in the HWRSD!

 

 

Maya Beach, Presidential Scholar Nominee!

HWRHS senior Maya Beach has been selected by Commissioner Riley to represent the state as a nominee for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The Program was established to recognize and honor some of our Nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. The Scholars represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people and is one of the highest honors for high school students. Congratulations Maya!

Please join us for our November monthly meeting, Wednesday 11/30 at 630 in the High School Conference Room. All are welcome, come learn how you can help support the arts in town. We hope to see you there! 

High School Musical: Freaky Friday, Dec. 8, 9, 10

The HWRHS Theatre Department will be performing the new musical Freaky Friday, on December 8, 9, and 10 @ 6:30 pm, in the Ferrini Dramatics Center (775 Bay Rd. South Hamilton, MA). Come out and support our cast and crew! Tickets will be available at the door - $10 for students/staff and $15 for the general public, cash or check only.